Steel Bridge renovations begin Sunday, will result in major MAX disruptions

KOIN News AM Extra

Renovations will disrupt transit during August

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — There will be major disruptions to all MAX lines and some bus lines as month-long renovations begin Sunday on the Steel Bridge in Portland.

TriMet will begin to replace nearly 8700-feet of rail and other track components from Sunday, Aug. 2 through Saturday, Aug. 29, which will result in the closure of the upper deck of the Steel Bridge to all vehicles, MAX light rail, bicycle and pedestrian traffic.

To accommodate MAX lines, shuttle buses will be running between the Rose Quarter, Union Station and Old Town, while the bus lines 4, 8, 35, 44 and 77, along with all vehicle traffic, will be detoured to other bridges. Pedestrians and bicyclists can use the Steel Bridge’s lower deck pathway to cross the Willamette River.

TriMet’s Tyler Graf joined AM Extra to talk about how traffic will be redirected, why the project is needed and alternate routes for public transit users.

TriMet – Steel Bridge project

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